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Stuff [Jun. 23rd, 2003|11:32 pm]
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So... I've got a journal so I suppose I should actually write in it now and again. Ya know, talk about stuff. Or something. Dude.

So what's new? Besides working on personal projects and job seeking, not too much. I should announce that I've not read the new Harry Potter book. Not that I don't like the Harry Potter series, it's great, but...

Well, the backstory here actually has to do with Tolkien. I never really read much Tolkien despite my claiming to be an RPG geek in high school. So as the movies began coming out I resolved to give the books another try. What I've discovered is that Tolkien was a genius for inventing such rich mythology and worlds from essentially whole cloth. That and I still don't like his writing.

But I'm trying to give it a shot out of respect for knowing the original text. So I want to read The Return of the King before the release of the third movie. And so I said I wouldn't read any other books, except technical books, before that one.

Well, that was like four months ago. I've managed to get most of the way through chapter two without falling asleep. I'm not quite sure how the story and characters can be so compelling... yet the text so opaque and unapproachable. And I'm reading tech manuals by comparison!

Okay. The net result of that rambling is that I won't actually start HP5 until I complete my current book. Or until the third movie is released, at which point I'll just give up. :P

So my Harry Potter fannishness is circling in a holding pattern. Eventually, though, I'll read it. And then I can make a snappy little "I finished it!" post. Though it'll be less impressive when it's December.

So. Dude. I'm tired.

[User Picture]From: happyjenn97
2003-06-24 12:01 am (UTC)
I had a difficult time getting through The Hobbit in high school. I found that once I got through the first chapter or two, it wasn't so bad, but there were several places where I kept getting stuck and ended up rereading the same page several times. Perhaps that's why I've not been do keen on picking up the Ring Trilogy...
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2003-06-24 03:03 am (UTC)
Yeek, and I've heard that The Hobbit is his most accessible book!

After I saw "Fellowship of the Ring" in theaters, I read the book. Somehow I managed to get through it. Then I tried to read "The Two Towers" before seeing the movie... I didn't get very far. After seeing "The Two Towers", I made a plan to try reading the book again, but... I still haven't gotten around to it.

Ooo, and my parents also have a copy of "The Silmarillion". I picked it up, glanced at the first page, and had to close the book before I lost consciousness! Gaaaaaaaah I'm not even gonna try that one.
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[User Picture]From: toraneko
2003-06-24 09:06 am (UTC)

to my eternal shame

I've not been able to make it through them either. I fall asleep. I love fantasy/sci fi all the components of the LOTR stuff but Tolkien makes it harder than it needs to be in a lot of ways for me to take it as pleasure reading. Kudos to you for making it as far as you have so far.

I'm waiting on Harry Potter until I can sit down and read them all in a row.
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2003-06-24 09:13 am (UTC)
Oh, good, so I'm not the only one.

Same thing happened to me with Dune, Dragonriders of Pern, and the first (and only) Xanth novel I'd tried.

But yeah, dry books on user interface design, investing or evolutionary theory, no problem.

All work and no play...
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2003-06-24 11:37 am (UTC)
I caught Dune on Audio book. I really enjoyed listening to that book in it's entirity. However, I think that I've found that when I try to read a book with words that, to me, are nonesense (like made up stuff basically), I get lost pretty easily. I'd imagine that I'd never get very far with LOTR if I actually tried to read it.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2003-06-24 11:29 am (UTC)
Also guilty of finding Tolkein's writing dull. Though Bored of the Rings was wonderful, since I knew the characters and story and thus could appreciate the satire.

Also guilty of being unable to get through Dune, though I think a lot of that may have to do with the fact that I tried to read it when I was like 9.

Never made it through Foundation either, come to think.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-06-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thanks for the replies, all. Good to know I'm not the only one who's a fan of Tolkien's mind but not books. :)
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